Baked chestnuts are the embodiment of leisure time and the fall holiday season. Imagine yourself in the warmth of a fireplace, there is nothing better than a good glass of red wine and the right company to shell together these delicacies.
Chestnuts are the autumn fruits par excellence. These represent the symbol of the harvest, abundance, and preparation. Chestnuts are very popular around the world as roasted or baked in the oven. Besides the earthy delicious taste, the chestnuts are appreciated for their highly nutritive proprieties. The fruit is known as a calory bomb packed in a small package.
There are more than one hundred varieties of chestnuts. The regular comestible chestnuts are dark brown coated, and small & flattened shaped. Chestnut flour is very versatile in the kitchen both for preparing cakes and for homemade pasta. Before purchasing the fruits, make sure it is firm and the skin has a bright and uniform color, this is how you know it is fresh.
Are chestnuts healthy to eat?
Chestnuts are the fruits of the chestnut, not to be confused with the seeds of the horse chestnut, which are inedible.
The nutritional characteristics of the chestnuts are striking. These are rich in complex carbohydrates, fibers, proteins, and mineral salts. Moreover, they are a good source of the group of vitamins B and do not contain cholesterol. Chestnuts are important for our well-being, especially for the proper functioning of the intestine, circulation, and nervous system.
These nutritional values make them an ally of health. Take advantage of the autumn harvest and make sure the chestnuts are not missing from the table. That being said, stay close to see how easy it is to prepare the baked chestnuts recipe.
However, it is good to know that there are people with certain conditions who should avoid consuming chestnuts. Due to their high carbohydrate (sugar) content, chestnuts are not recommended for those suffering from diabetes or obesity.
How to prepare the chestnuts?
Start by notching the chestnuts. First, select the ones that are perfectly intact and make a horizontal cut of about 1 inch or a bit more. Afterward, put them into a large bowl and pour water to cover the chestnuts. For best results, it is good to let them soak for at least 2 hours. Thanks to this procedure it will be easier to peel them once cooked.
When the soaking time expires, drain the chestnuts and place them in a paper bag that will absorb the residual water, or use a dry cloth to dry them well.
How to bake chestnuts?
Spread the chestnuts evenly on the baking tray lined with baking paper and bake in a preheated oven at 350 ° for about 25-30 minutes. The cooking time may vary depending on the size of the fruit and on the power of the oven. To achieve homogeneous cooking, mix the chestnuts from time to time while baking.
Once ready, take them out of the oven and place them in a basket or bowl. Cover the bowl with a dry cloth and let them rest for at least 15 minutes before consuming them. By covering them with a cloth, the heat will create steam, and this way it will be easier to remove the peel. Thank me later:)
How to serve baked chestnuts?
It is best to serve the baked chestnuts while still hot after they’ve rested for about 15 minutes. It is when they are soft and delicious.
How to store chestnuts?
Chestnuts are a real mine of beneficial properties and taste! What a pity they are only available from September to December. That is why you should hurry and stock up so as to experiment with many recipes.
Raw chestnuts can be stored in a wicker basket without stacking them, even for two weeks. You can freeze them raw and cook them without defrosting them.
Baked chestnuts recipe - the fall delicacy
- 35 oz chestnuts
- Notch the chestnuts, make a horizontal cut of about 1 inch
- Put chestnuts into a large bowl and pour water to cover them
- Soak for at least 2 hours, better overnight
- Drain the chestnuts and use a dry cloth to dry them well
- Spread the chestnuts evenly on the baking tray lined with baking paper and bake in a preheated oven at 350 °F for about 25-30 minutes
- Take out from the oven and cover the bowl with a dry cloth. Let the chestnuts rest for at least 15 minutes
- Serve with pleasure